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I didn't mean my list to be exhaustive! Grant's book
is indeed a must as is Pamela Blum's _Early Gothic
Saint-Denis_ and on and on...

MG
--- Christopher Crockett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Marjorie Greene <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >...Anyone interested in Suger's inspiration for
> Saint-Denis should read the
> chapter in Chenu's _Nature, Man, and Society in the
> Twelfth Century_
> entitled "The Symbolist Mentality"; also _Artistic
> Integration in Gothic
> Buildings_, Raguin, Brush, Draper, eds.
>
>
> not to say nothing against the above, but Sugar
> scholarship has taken several
> sweet twists and turns in recent decades and one
> might also want to consult
> the relevant papers in the Suger
> exposition/conference held at the
> Metropolitan Museum in the mid-eighties, as well as
> the more recent and quite
> interesting "biography" of him by Lindy Grant of the
> Courtauld Institute.
>
> if nothing else, the latter work has done much to
> demonstrate how far we may
> have to go to fully understand this complex fellow
> --and how resourceful we
> have to be in peeling away the accretions of modern
> constructs which have
> obscured his reality, especially in Art Historical
> matters.
>
> best to all from here,
>
> christopher
>
>
>
>
>
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